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Goa Mission - St. Rita De Cassia Parish Church, Camurlim, Bardez
HISTORY
St. Rita of Cassia Church, Camurlim, Bardez, Goa is called ‘Santa Rita de Cassia Igreja em Camurlim, Bardez, Goa’ in Portuguese. St. Rita of Cassia Church, Camurlim, Bardez, Goa was originally a chapel founded before 1786. The Camurlim chapel was rebuilt in 1912 and it was opened for the public on 19.12.1912. The St Rita of Cassia chapel in Camurlim was affiliated to the church of Colvale from which it was delinked. On 1st March 1944, The St. Rita of Cassia Church, Camurlim, Bardez, Goa was elevated to a full-fledged parish.

THE SURROUNDINGS
The village of Camurlim is situated in the Northern District of Bardez. The closest town is Mapusa, which is 8kms South of the Village. The villages that surround Camurlim are Colvale in the East, Oxel and Siolim in the West, Tuem in the North, and Cunchelim & Sodiem in the South.

The village constitutes of a Panchayat, a Bank, two private Schools, a few Grocery Stores, two Bakeries, a Government Vegetable Outlet and Eateries. The parish church is situated on a hill top surrounded by lush green hills and a mystifying quietness. A river named Chapora that you see above, flows along the village from right(West) to left (East), providing fishing business to the locals.

THE PARISH
The Parish of St. Rita of Cassia Church at Camurlim, Bardez, Goa is administered by the Society of Montfort Fathers.
The Parish priest of St. Rita of Cassia Church at Camurlim, Bardez, Goa is Fr Norberto Antonio Lobo SMM, and the Collaborating priest is Fr Anthony Cajetan Pereira SMM. The parish was offered to the Montfort Fathers in June of the year 2015, by His Grace the Archbishop of Goa, MOST REV. FILIPE NERI FERRAO, for pastoral ministry. Fr. Norbert Lobo who had spent two years before in other parishes, prepared the ground work for this mission as a community. The address of the Camurlim, Bardez, Church is St. Rita of Cassia Church, Camurlim, Bardez, Goa 403507.

The Telephone contact number of St. Rita of Cassia Church at Camurlim, Bardez, Goa is 0832 2212166. The Number of Catholics in the parish of St. Rita of Cassia Church at Camurlim, Bardez, Goa is 250.

The Feast of St. Rita of Cassia Church at Camurlim, Bardez, Goa is celebrated on the Sunday on or after 13th May every year.

We have about 84 Catholic families registered, out of which 74 are residential, while the remaining have settled out in India and abroad. The parish consists of five Small Christian Communities (St. Cecilia, St. Rita, St. Teresa, St. Anne and St. Francis Xavier) each having its animators. The liturgical functioning of the parish is animated by the representatives of the Parish Pastoral Council, while the Administration and Maintenance is looked after by the Parish Admistrative Body, the CONFRARIA.

Daily masses are held in the morning at 7:15am, while on Sundays it is held at 8:00am. Catechism Classes are animated on Sundays by Catechetical Animators for Pre-Communion, Post-Commnuion and Confirmants. The Association of St. Vincent de Paul, and the Parish Pastoral Council meet once a month to organize their respective activities. Every first Friday, the Holy Communion is distributed to the Sick and the Elderly. Singing practices are held in preparation of important liturgical festivities.

The faithful of the parish are warm, welcoming, hospitable, attentive, participative, available, devoted and dedicated as a community. Every week and when required, they offer their services to the parish by way of cleaning the church and its surrounding; animating the liturgy; are responsible for bringing the offerings etc. A vibrant choir of the young animates the Sunday liturgies.

Some important programs held during the year are Daily Rosary before Mass; Adoration on First Fridays; Novenas to the Sacred Heart, Novenas to Our Lady of Nativity; October Rosary; Visit of Mary’s Statue to the Families from October to first week of December; Special Prayers for the Dead on Nov 1st evening; Carol Singing; Crib & Star Competitions; Christmas Tree and Sports for the children of the whole village; Participating in diocesan competitions; Lenten & Easter liturgical Animations; Novenas in preparation for the Patroness Feast; and Audio-Visual Spiritual Animation through Biblical and Saintly movies.

THE MISSION OF THE MONTFORTS
The missionaries not only animate the local faithful, but are also involved in reaching out to the neighboring parishes for Confessions, Talks, Spiritual Direction, attending diocesan and deanery meetings, animating novenas and liturgical celebrations. The spirit of re-animation and reaching out to those in pain, lonely, sick, disturbed and dis-oriented continues to be our focus through our visits, listening, dialogue and presence. We are grateful to God because his Providence is at work.